Rep. Barrett hopeful for future of income tax rollback

State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, issued the following statement after the early-morning vote on House Bill 4001 to reduce the state income tax in Michigan: “This legislation made good on a promise made by the state in 2007, a promise that I feel it’s very important that we keep. Additionally, this bill would have…

Rep. Barrett will chair House Agriculture Committee

State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Michigan House Agriculture Commitee. “Agriculture is the second leading industry in our state and is critically important to my district in the mid-Michigan area,” Barrett said. “I’m excited to work with Michigan’s agricultural leaders to build upon the success that…

Reps. Cox, Barrett introduce aircraft safety legislation

State Reps. Laura Cox, of Livonia, and Tom Barrett, of Potterville, have introduced a package of bills that will prohibit an individual from pointing a laser directly at, or in the path of, an aircraft. “This is a public safety issue,” said Rep. Cox. “A laser pointer beam width at altitude is much larger and…

Rep. Barrett invites his father for governor’s State of the State speech

Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, attends the governor’s State of the State speech with his father, Patrick on Tuesday.  They listened as the governor laid out his blueprint for the coming year. ### Rep. Barrett serves the people of Eaton County including the cities of Charlotte, Olivet, Potterville, Grand Ledge, parts of Lansing, as well as…

Barrett legislation allows UBER, LYFT to operate in Michigan

Permissive framework provides common-sense safeguards for passengers and other drivers The Michigan House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett that allows transportation network companies (TNCs) to operate in Michigan through a permit offered by the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We’ve tailored a statewide framework for these companies and their drivers…

Rep. Barrett welcomes commanding officer to Capitol for 9/11 ceremony

State Rep. Tom Barrett today welcomed Maj. Randall Knowles of the Michigan Army National Guard to the House floor for the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors first responders…

Attorney General will investigate GR Home

House Committee on Military and Vets Affairs applauds decision Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, and Rep. Holly Hughes, vice-chair, released the following statement after Attorney General Bill Schuette granted the committee’s request to investigate the operation of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans: “The House Committee on…

House passes Rep. Barrett’s National Guard bill

Legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House will clarify the governor’s authority to activate the National Guard during times of non-emergency. Rep. Barrett said there is a need for the National Guard’s assistance during official events, such as inauguration ceremonies and Michigan’s annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. “This bill simply allows the governor to make the…

Rep. Barrett announces May office hour schedule

State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, today announced the schedule for his upcoming May office hours. “I look forward to the opportunity to meet with residents face-to-face and hear about their concerns for the district and the state as a whole,” said the first-term lawmaker. Residents are welcome to join Rep. Barrett at the following times…

Rep. Barrett will host local office hours

To keep local residents informed about state government and legislation, state Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, will continue his monthly office hours this April. “In several instances, legislation I’ve sponsored has been inspired by conversations I’ve had with residents in our community,” said Rep. Barrett. “When it comes to effectively representing our residents’ voice at the…

State lawmakers call for attorney general to investigate Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Members of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs are calling on the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, following testimony given during today’s joint meeting with the House Committee on Oversight. “We heard heartbreaking testimony in committee today and I want to ensure that these allegations are…

Barrett bill would remove ‘fowl’ language

            House Bill 5059, a bill to repeal an outdated law regarding raising domestic fowl, was passed by the Michigan House today.             Public Act 213 of 1962 requires anyone raising a pullet to have them certified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, which will issue a certificate of inspection. The Michigan Department of Agriculture…